Cranfield University Business Growth Programme
Designed specifically for the development of owner-managers, the Business Growth Programme helps you create the future you want for your business and for yourself.
This programme provides a unique opportunity for you to step back from the day-to-day demands of running your business. By the end of the programme you will have developed a comprehensive and robust strategy and plan for the future.
Want to know more about the programme? Join one of our upcoming free Business Growth Briefings in Cranfield, London, Birmingham and other UK locations. This is your opportunity to learn more about BGP, meet past participants of the programme, have a dedicated 1-2-1 about your business aspirations with a member of the BGP team and take away advice that you can implement in your business now.
At a glance
- 05 May 2017
- 08 Sep 2017
- Duration4 x 2 days, residential + 2 x 1 day review module
- LocationCranfield Campus
The programme modules run on the following dates:
|Module||May 17 Programme||September 17 Programme|
|1||5 – 6 May 2017||8 – 9 September 2017|
|2||19 – 20 May 2017||22 – 23 September 2017|
|3||9 – 10 June 2017||13 – 14 October 2017|
|4||7 – 8 July 2017||3 – 4 November 2017|
|Business Plan Review||1 September 2017||8 December 2017|
|Progress Review||14 December 2017||[TBC] 2018|
What you will learn
The benefits you achieve from your BGP experience will depend on your particular situation. Typical benefits that past participants have achieved:
- Faster and more managed growth
- A more valuable business
- A robust and rigorous plan
- More confidence, more focus, more energy
- An exit plan
- Improved profitability
- Greater clarity over their personal goals and drivers
- More effective leadership and improved management skills
- Greater confidence in the future
- Less stress, more time off and more fun!
BGP is the UK’s longest running and most successful programme for the development of owner-managers. It has been running with great success for more than 25 years and has helped over 2,200 owner managers achieve their business and personal ambitions.
BGP is centred entirely on the reality of your business – your current challenges, your opportunities, your future goals and ambitions. Because of this, the benefits you gain will be unique to you.
Businesses which participate in BGP grow sales and profit more quickly than their peers and grow more quickly after the programme than they did before.
How does it work?
BGP is built around a core process whereby each individual participant develops their own growth strategy for their own business and a plan to implement that strategy.
To enable this, BGP consists of a simple yet rigorous structure, comprising of three key blocks of strategic thinking:
- Where are we now?
- Where are we going?
- How do we get there?
Within each of these blocks, we have a particular focus on four themes:
- Internal Processes
- External Influences
BGP is a modular programme that allows you to continue to run your business while you participate. The main part of the programme runs over 11 weeks. During that time, there are four two-day modules here at Cranfield. In between the modules, you will be working on developing your own strategy for your business and you will be making immediate improvements. Five weeks after the fourth module is the Business Plan Review, where you will present your strategy and plans to a panel made up of the BGP team and independent advisors. About six months later we reconvene for the Progress Review Day when we review actual progress against your plan.
Throughout the programme, you will be supported by an experienced BGP counsellor who works with you on a 1-1 basis, and within a small group, to ensure that you get the maximum value from your BGP experience.
Who should attend
BGP has a strong team of business counsellors that will help you decide whether or not the programme is right for your business. Typically we work with businesses that have been in operation for 3 or more years, with a staff of 5 to 50 and a turnover between £0.5m and £20m. In some circumstances, BGP is also appropriate for managing directors and other senior team members of privately owned businesses who have strategic control but not necessarily an ownership stake. All of this can be discussed at one of our free Business Growth Briefing events or over the phone.
Discover more about BGP:
- Meet the team
- BGP participants in the news
- BGP Clubs
Location and travel
Cranfield Management Development Centre
Cranfield School of Management is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire.
The School is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.
London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.